High School football practice gets underway

Bruce Trojans Darrian Sullivan, Latrell Marks and Russ Owen work on special teams at Monday's practice.

All four football teams in Calhoun County hit the field Monday morning to begin preparing for the Aug. 17 season opener.

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Area merchants targeted with scam claiming to benefit local libraries

Kenneth Scott

Authorities are cautioning area merchants about an ongoing scam trying to seek sponsorships for a false library program.

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School Board considers student drug testing program; changes grading scale for K-6

Jerome Nettles with Advanced Screening Solutions talks to school board about student drug testing.

The Calhoun County School Board began a process Monday night that could result in a random student drug testing program for high school students this upcoming school year.

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BHS looks to imporove kids’ nutrition – no more fried foods

Mark Grubbs

As part of a comprehensive effort to improve student health, Bruce High School plans to install new kitchen equipment and eliminate frying as a food preparation method.

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Charles Winfred Parker

Charles Winfred Parker, 89 of Charleston, died on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS. He was born and raised in Vardaman, MS and on May 10, 1948 in Pheba, MS was married to Dorothy Moore Parker. Mr. Parker served his country during WWII in the U. S. Army and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. In addition to being a Vocational Agricultural teacher at Charleston High School he was active in the community as a Mason, 50 year plus member of the Lions Club, Mississippi State University Alumnus and member of First Baptist Church in Charleston, MS.

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Jeraldine Gahagan Wooten

Jeraldine Gahagan Wooten, 77, of Coffeeville, died July 28, 2012 at her residence. She was born June 17, 1935 in Houston, the daughter of Luther Thomas and Amy Gertrude Deaton Gahagan. She was a homemaker and member of Bruce First United Methodist Church.

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Mae Wilda Holmes

Mae Wilda Holmes, 76, of Vardaman, died July 25, 2012 at Community Hospice ln Verona. Her funeral service was Saturday at  11 a.m. at Midway MB?Church in Vardaman.

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Dorothy Harville

Dorothy Faye Harville, 82, of Derma, died July 28, 2012 at Calhoun Health Service Nursing Home, Calhoun City. She was born August 10, 1929 in Calhoun County, the daughter of Ira and Euris Tutor McCormick. She was a member of Duncan Hill Baptist Church and previously worked for Kellwood Garment Co., and in the furniture industry. She was a homemaker and devoted mother and grandmother.

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Lady Cougars win season opener, place second at Winona Tournament

Haley Tedder slides in safely for Calhoun Academy. Photo by Mike Blount

Calhoun Academy's Lady Cougars have started the softball season with a strong start.

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Calhoun in the minority of school districts choosing abstinence-plus sex education curriculum

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More than half of Mississippi's school districts have chosen an abstinence-only approach to sex education, starting in the upcoming school year. Eighty-one districts have chosen that approach, according to a list released Friday by the state Department of Education. Seventy-one, including Calhoun County, have chosen abstinence-plus, which could include the mention of contraception -- but still without any demonstration of condoms.

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